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I have a '97 GSR with 105k miles. The front compliance bushings make a groaning sound when the lower control arm is moved up and down. The bushings are the original OEM installed at the factory.

See video here: Compliance Bushing Groan

I've removed the bushings, and the both look ok (No cracking or compression of the rubber). Would it be possible to lubricate these with silicone spray and re-install, or should they be replaced?

If replacement is the suggestion, do you have any recommendations other than OEM (not looking for polyurethane or performance bushings as this is just a daily driver).

Many thanks,
-Fritz
 

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So if it's 105k miles here with the original bushings cooked, what is the fear of putting OEM ones back in? they sure held up for a long time, i don't understand why the need to "upgrade" or worse think just because something is aftermarket that it is automatically better
 

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So if it's 105k miles here with the original bushings cooked, what is the fear of putting OEM ones back in? they sure held up for a long time, i don't understand why the need to "upgrade" or worse think just because something is aftermarket that it is automatically better
Thanks for the reply. I re-read my post and can see how it might read as though I'm specifically looking for an OEM alternative. I'm absolutely satisfied with the OEM bushings and will replace with the same if that is the recommendation.

To clarify, my questions are:

1. Are these bushings 'cooked'? Or do they just need some lubrication? I really don't know.

2. The OEM bushings have been great, but was just curious if there might be less-expensive just-as-reliable options for a daily driver, or if the recommendation is to stick with OEM.

Note: I'm new to doing anything beyond an oil change on my car, so I'm looking for a little guidance to help ensure the best result. I plan to have my regular mechanic check my work when I'm done.

Thanks again!
 

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I haven't checked prices in a while, but I found the mugen front compliance bushing to be cheaper to buy vs buying OEM. Spoon might have one in the same price range. I would check the prices on rhdjapan or king motorsports, although I had issues with king motorsports sending me the s2000 compliance bushing on accident twice. I think the part numbers were similar.

I think hardrace has a rubber one too, but after talking to a local ITR owner at an autox and his experience with their front and rear lower bushings failing under track conditions and another friend who used his EG hatch as a daily driver and had the hard race bushing fall apart, I am hesitant from using them as long term parts vs OEM.
 

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Thanks for the useful information @aw614. I wasn't aware of those sites or suppliers but I've bookmarked them both for future reference. The best price I can find on a pair of OEM bushings would be about $225 shipped from oemacuraparts.com. I have read a few poor reviews regarding Hardrace, so based on that and the information you provided, I don't think I would consider that brand. I'll take a look at what king motorsports and rhdjapan have available.

Thanks again!
 

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Check the oem part number on amayama.com everything I've looked for there is cheaper even with shipping and shipping has only taken 2 weeks during Christmas time, and the parts are 100% Honda oem from Japan!
 
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